Task: This assignment asks you to read and apply Chapter 3 of the Gilbert & Ter

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Task: This assignment asks you to read and apply Chapter 3 of the Gilbert & Terrell textbook, which presents the authors’ framework for choice analysis of social welfare policy or program that affects social work clients. There are four aspects to this analysis:
· Basis of Social Allocation: Eligibility
· Nature of Social Provision: Benefit
· Design of the Delivery System: Administrative Issues
· Mode of Finance: Source of Funding (and its implications)
This course is being presented within the context of social work’s commitment to social justice.
Purpose: The purpose of the assignment is for you to complete a choice analysis. In doing so, students apply the concepts to a real-word policy and social work clients.
Details: Paper II should be approximately 12 pages plus a reference page in which you:
1. introduce the main themes of the paper, including its structure and thesis
2. describe eligibility for any programs associated with the identified policy (about ½ – 1 page);
3. explain the pros and cons of this eligibility determination in terms of how it affects the clients (about 1-2 pages);
4. describe the nature of the benefit(s) that clients receive from the policy;
5. analyze the pros and cons of the type of benefit clients receive;
6. explain how the benefit is delivered;
7. analyze the pros and cons of the benefit being delivered in this manner;
8. explain the source of funding for this benefit;
9. analyze the pros and cons of this mode of funding;
10. propose a change to the nature of the benefit, the delivery of the benefit, or the funding of the benefit to further social justice;
11. conclude the paper reiterating the key points
The second written assignment will be graded according to the following rubric:
content
points
comments
Description of policy and effects
2
Description of eligibility
2
nature of benefits description and analysis
3
benefit delivery description and analysis
5
funding source description and analysis
5
proposed change
3
written mechanics and APA formatting, including grammar, spelling, organization
5
total
25
In terms of eligibility, these are some questions to consider:
• Who qualifies for the program and benefits?
• Does this program provide universal or selective benefits?
• If selective, be specific as to the criteria for determining eligibility.
• How are benefits allocated (compensation, means-tested, etc.)?
• What social, financial, behavioral, and other objectives are be targeted by using this particular eligibility determination?
• What values are reflected in this type of eligibility determination?
• In what ways are the beneficiaries deemed “worthy” of receiving the program’s goods or services?
• What are the social, political, economic, and value-based justifications for this method of allocation?
• Who sets the standards used to determine eligibility?
• How is social justice furthered or not furthered by use of these standards?
• For people who are eligible to receive the program’s benefits, what percentage actually do?
• What are some of the reasons why an eligible recipient might not use this particular program?
• Has eligibility for the program changed? Has uptake changed? Have characteristics of the people who use the program changed?
These are some items to consider as you conduct your analysis:
Regardless of how eligibility has been determined, those benefits must make it to the beneficiaries.
• What types of benefits do clients receive? Include examples and explanations.
• Providing the benefits in those forms is an attempt to achieve what objectives?
• What is gained and what is lost with providing benefits of those kinds?
• Who prefers to get or give benefits of these forms? Who doesn’t like it?
• Has there been any change in the form of benefits? If so, why?
Consider similar types of questions as you analyze the method of delivery and funding sources:
• To who’s advantage is it when benefits are delivered and funded in this manner?
• What are the stated objectives of this delivery structure and funding mechanism
Move beyond a simple description of the program and the policies that influence it. Ask and answer the “why” questions. Why is the program run this way? How are the goals of the program achieved (or not) because it is structured in this manner? For the people and institutions that fund and run the program, what are the advantages of running the program in this way? Also, consider the program from the clients’ perspectives. Do they like getting vouchers (for example) or would they prefer cash? Who is not eligible to receive goods or services that may be in need and use them? Would it be better for clients if they could go to one central location to get all of the benefits, or do they prefer only going to the sites where single specialized services are provided? Would clients rather have less authoritative paraprofessionals serving them or are they satisfied with having MSW-level workers?
Also, be sure to address the strengths of the program and the policies that influence the program’s functioning. What are their good characteristics? What potential can be built upon? You can integrate your discussion of the program and policies strengths throughout the paper (just be sure to explicitly identify what you are doing) or you can have a section that specifically addresses the strengths of the particular allocation, types of benefits, administration, and funding.
When you propose improvements, be sure to pick a realistic change that does not cost a net increase in funding. The proposed change should be designed to further social justice. The change could be related to equity, equality, quality, access, and/or agency functioning. The proposed improvement could help the staff, but you should justify how (even if indirectly) the improvement will serve the clients.
It is likely that most programs could perform better if they had more money to do so, but it is not always realistic to expect more funding. Also, an agency cannot determine who is eligible for the SNAP program, for example; that determination comes from the federal government. So, what improvements are possible and realistic without changing the net income of the program?
All written assignments are expected to be the product of your own work. Plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated. Plagiarism includes not citing sources of information. Use agency manuals and websites, other organizational documents, government documents, the social work literature, textbooks, and personal communications with your supervisors, directors, and others. Format the paper in APA 6th ed. style.

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